Leaves reach peak colors in parts of NY, but not yet in Orleans

Photos by Tom Rivers: A red leaf is submerged near the base of the Holley Waterfalls on Tuesday.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 October 2023 at 4:00 pm

Some parts of New York are in peak fall foliage, while in Orleans County the leaves aren’t quite there yet, according to the weekly I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report.

The reports are issued every Wednesday afternoon with the data from volunteer field observers.

“Picturesque peak fall colors continue to emerge across New York State and are expected in parts of the Adirondacks, Catskills, Central New York, Chautauqua-Allegheny and Thousand Islands-Seaway regions this weekend,” according to the report.

Nearby, the volunteer observers report Rochester and Monroe County are at about 45 to 50 percent color change. Letchworth State Park in Wyoming County is at about 70 percent color change, while Genesee County is at about 35 percent color transition in Batavia.

“Look for foliage at midpoint of change in Orleans County, according to spotters reporting from Albion who predict 50% transition with muted to bright red and purple leaves,” the report states.

There are still lots of green leaves at the Holley Waterfalls in this photo from Tuesday.